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Introducing Ahuachapán

Regardless of how you tackle the Ruta de Las Flores, you’ll probably pass through Ahuachapán, an elevated regional center 16km short of Guatemala. As a commercial hub for coffee, you’d expect a bit more, well, perk, but the real action in Ahuachapán bubbles deep underground – its geothermal energy supplies over 15% of the country’s electrical power.

The hubs of Plaza Concordia and Parque Menéndez are five blocks apart, connected by the busy commercial street Av Menéndez, which runs north–south. The road to Tacuba is poorly marked; ask a local.